10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Great Neck Road Elementary School.
The district proposes a $118,569,805 budget for 2017-18, a 2.95 percent increase from the current $115,169,633. The tax levy would increase 2.85 percent, from the revised 2016-17 tax levy of $59,060,433 to $60,742,838.
This increase is equal to the district’s tax-cap limit, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget.
School taxes on the average single-family home would increase by an estimated 2.85 percent, from $6,193.41 to $6,371.83, which the district said takes into account an estimated change in the average home value
The proposed budget includes a 1 percent contractual increase and a 2.65 percent step increase for teachers. It has funding for 6.9 full-time equivalent guidance counselors, which includes replacing four retirees.
- District website: copiague.k12.ny.us
Three by-seat positions are open. Incumbents Rosemary Natoli and Brian J. Sales are running unopposed for three-year terms. Christopher Madden and Viscel Moore are running for a one-year term left by a board member’s resignation.
BACKGROUND: Madden, 46, a business executive, has lived in the district 19 years. He studied accounting and business management at Farmingdale State College. He serves as vice president of Copiague Youth League, vice president of the league’s T-ball and Farms baseball, and as the league’s travel coordinator for baseball and soccer. He is a member of the PTSA board, is a PTA council delegate and is a member of the Copiague Chamber of Commerce. He has three children in district schools.
ISSUES: Madden said he would use his business experience to help arrive at a balanced budget, and he wants to focus on family involvement and increasing after-school sports and community programs for students. He said he is trying to provide a unified community calendar so groups can share information and avoid overlap. He said he also would work to get computers to the 50 percent of homes in the district where they aren’t already present. “We have to prepare our children for the future, and to do that we need to get more technology in education,” he said.
BACKGROUND: Moore, 46, is a time and labor management implementation specialist for Automatic Data Processing in Melville. She is graduating in June with a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Empire State College, and earned an associate degree from SUNY Empire. She is a trustee and a youth advocate at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Copiague, is on the executive committee of the Central Long Island NAACP, and is active in district PTAs. Her two children attend district schools.
ISSUES: It’s important for the board to represent the community, Moore said, and there should also be a parent on the board, roles that she said she would fill. “We need to get more of the community vested in the process and that’s what I would try to do,” she said. “Since I began running [for school board] in 2015, a few of my ideas have been implemented, but I still feel the board needs to represent the diverse community.”